Winning league titles is nothing out of the ordinary for the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming team, and the Cardinals hope to continue that streak at the first step in postseason competition.

Winning league titles is nothing out of the ordinary for the St. Charles Preparatory School swimming team, and the Cardinals hope to continue that streak at the first step in postseason competition.

The Cardinals will be aiming to win a 13th consecutive CCL championship when the league meet concludes Saturday, Jan. 29, at the St. Charles pool. The league diving meet will be Thursday, Jan. 27, at Columbus School for girls, but the Cardinals do not have any divers.

"We don't necessarily talk about the (league championship) streak, but it is the first week of a championship series that is followed by sectional, district and state," said coach Geoff Gear, whose team defeated Cincinnati Sycamore 105-65 on Jan. 22 and lost to Centerville 157-127 on Jan. 21. "It's also the last time the whole team competes together before it separates for sectional, district and state."

The Cardinals won the CCL title last year with 437 points followed by DeSales (204), Hartley (194) and Ready (181). Watterson did not field a boys team.

"This gives us a good chance to prepare for the postseason meets," Gear said. "We're spread out pretty well and have the depth to do well in the CCL."

On Jan. 15, the Cardinals competed in the Northeast Classic at Canton's Branin Natatorium, the venue for the state tournament Feb. 23-26.

Caleb Jack was second (4 minutes, 59.71 seconds) in the 500-yard freestyle and Orion Swanson was sixth (54.98) in the 100 butterfly and eighth (2:10.38) in the 200 individual medley. In the 100 backstroke, Zack Poltor was sixth (56.97) followed by teammates Alex Kocher (seventh, 57.18) and Brian Willi (eighth, 58.01). In the 100 breaststroke, Nick McKinley was sixth (1:02.61) followed by Chris D'Angelo (seventh, 1:04.35). The 200 free relay of Willi, Swanson, Hayden Birnbrich and Poltor was sixth (1:30.87) and the 200 medley relay of Kocher, McKinley, Willi and Matt Brown was sixth (1:40.88).

"Right now, depth is our strength," Gear said. We don't have the one or two superstars that we have had in the past, but our third and fourth swimmers are as strong as they have been over the past few seasons."

The Cardinals will be the host team on Feb. 4 for a meet with Bexley and Columbus Academy as a primer for the Division I sectional on Feb. 12 at Upper Arlington.

"Most of our swimmers are looking to district (to peak), but we kind of look at that differently," Gear said. "We look at district and state as one weeklong athletic event. We want our swimmers to compete well at the beginning and the end of that week."

ĽArt Roehrenbeck is happy with the progress of his hockey team.

The Cardinals, 13-8-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the Capital Hockey Conference, will play a league game on Friday, Jan. 28, against Olentangy at Dispatch Ice Haus.

"We have great tests in four of our last six games because they are all teams that we would expect to play in the Blue Jackets Cup or in district," Roehrenbeck said. "We have been scoring plenty and have been moving the puck well. We're putting pressure on other teams and we just have to play smart with the lead. We have led or been tied in the third period several times and then the last few minutes have been our undoing."

St. Charles lost five of six defensemen in the offseason and has had players learning on the fly. Still, Roehrenbeck said the Cardinals have made progress in that area.

"We have to keep working them hard in practice and having our forwards work hard against them," he said. "That's the way to make them better."

St. Charles forward Tyler Brady definitely would be difficult for young defensemen to face in practice.

The senior leads the CHC with 13 goals and he has 37 goals for the season.

"I think we are scoring as well as anyone and that's something that's hard to coach," Roehrenbeck said. "It's hard to manufacture scoring and, offensively, it's hard to find a team that has been playing as well as these guys have been."

AT A GLANCE

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the St. Charles basketball, wrestling, bowling and hockey teams:

BASKETBALL

*Jan. 14 - Lost to DeSales 44-42. Dane McLoughlin scored 11 points and J. Schroeder added nine.

Jan. 18 - Lost to Westerville Central 55-46. McLoughlin scored 20 points and Jimmy Ryan added 14 points.

*Jan. 21 - Defeated Ready 60-39. Joe Spahr had 14 points. McLoughlin and Ryan scored 11 points apiece.

Jan. 22 - Lost to Olentangy Orange 56-55. McLoughlin scored 17 points, Dan Hennessey added 12 points and Schroeder had 11.

*Jan. 28 - At Watterson

*Feb. 1 - Home vs. Hartley

Feb. 4 - Home vs. Worthington Christian

Feb. 5 - At Franklin Heights in makeup from Jan. 11

Of note: The Cardinals are 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the CCL.

WRESTLING

Jan. 15-16 - Finished 25th (26) in 33-team Catholic Invitational Tournament in Toledo as Cincinnati Moeller (256) won. Ryan Sanders reached a semifinal and finished sixth at 215.

Jan. 22 - Lost to Canal Winchester 62-7, Gahanna 61-9, Hilliard Davidson 63-6, Mogadore Field 46-25 and Teays Valley 58-18 at Gahanna Duals

Jan. 29 - Cleveland Benedictine Quad with Shaker Heights and Mogadore Field

Feb. 5 - St. Charles Invitational

*CCL contest

BOWLING

*Jan. 12 - Lost to Brookhaven 2,137-1,995. Tom Cianflona led the Cardinals with a 211 game and 389 series.

Jan. 15 - Finished 14th (3,056) in 19-team Central District Preview at HP Lanes as Chillicothe (3,644) won. Zak Stephenson finished fifth with a 683 (257-223-203).

*Jan. 18 - Def. Watterson 2,051-1,933. Stephenson was medalist with 461 and had a high game of 254.

Jan. 19 - Lost to Whitehall 2,190-2,137. Stephenson was medalist with 410 and had a high game of 213.

*Jan. 24 - Lost to Hartley 2,343-1,873

*Jan. 25 - Competed against Grandview

*Jan. 28 - Mifflin at HP Lanes

*Feb. 1 - Centennial at HP Lanes

*Feb. 4 - Linden-McKinley at HP Lanes

Of note: The Cardinals were 7-3 overall and 7-2 in the COHSBC-Central before Jan. 25.

*COHSBC-Central match

HOCKEY

Jan. 15 - Tied Kalamazoo (Mich.) at 4 and def. Cincinnati Sycamore 8-5 in Walter F. Ehrnfelt Memorial Tournament at Strongsville

Jan. 16 - Lost to Maumee 3-0 at Ehrnfelt Tournament

Jan. 17 - Def. Sycamore 7-1 at Ehrnfelt Tournament

*Jan. 21 - Def. Gahanna 10-3

*Jan. 22 - Tied Olentangy Orange at 2

*Jan. 28 - Olentangy at Dispatch Ice Haus

Jan. 29 - Centerville at Centerville-Dayton South Met

*Jan. 30 - DeSales at Chiller Easton

*Feb. 4 - Dublin Scioto at Dispatch Ice Haus

Of note: The Cardinals are 13-8-3 overall and 4-2-2 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

*CHC game